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. Volume IX Number 12. . . . February 14, 2003
The opening few sentences of The Mole Sisters and the Question replicate the frequently asked question of the three to four-year-old preschooler, "What am I?" The text captures the tongue-in-check style humour of this frequently played guessing game. The illustrations are amiable, and the affection of the sisters one for the other is never in doubt.
In The Mole Sisters and the Cool Breeze, the sisters attempt to help the dandelion by creating a breeze and end up covered in fluff. Fortuitously, a real breeze pops up and blows the fluff off the sisters.
Earlier books in "The Mole Sisters" series have been well received, and these two offerings are calming, reassuring reads, with gentle peaceful illustrations. For a well-read preschooler, these titles are insubstantial and will not be "read again" favorites. For younger children, the concepts are beyond them and the illustrations possibly too refined. Fans of these likeable good natured moles will enjoy their further adventures. These will no doubt be very popular when the Mole Sisters come to television.
Lethbridge, AB's Ruth Scales McMahon is the co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the mother of two young children.
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